I read Frank Schiffman's Oct. 14 letter ("A Real-Time Poll"), suggesting that politicians have a televised debate in which Americans can weigh in via phone or Internet, and I agree that it is a good idea, but it won't work.
The politicians won't agree to such an arrangement because they don't want us to know the truth. Their method of madness is to keep the American people in the dark, like mushrooms.
They think that the people are dumb and can't make their own decisions. In a way, they are correct. We elected these people, didn't we?
Polls have been taken, and the people have said they don't want the health care act, but nobody in Washington is listening. From what I've read about the act, some parts of it are good. What does the rest of it say? We don't know. Why won't they tell us? It's the "mushroom thing" again.
If this debate did come about, who would televise it? Surely, not the major networks. Talk about biased reporting. There was a demonstration in Washington recently by truck drivers upset with the president and Congress. Did any of you out there hear anything about this on national news? Why wasn't this reported? I didn't see anything in this newspaper about it. Why?
So, Mr. Schiffman, it is a good idea, and if it ever comes about, I will watch and phone in my vote.
First Published October 20, 2013 8:00 PM